Surprise, surprise! If you didn't like school, chances are your child won't either, say researchers from the University Of Ohio.
The researchers studied more than 13,000 twins from Canada, UK, Japan, Germany, Russia, and the U.S. and measured how much each student enjoyed or liked various academic activities, including reading, writing and spelling. The students were also asked to rate their own ability in different subjects in school.
A comparison of the results for identical and non-identical twins showed a 40-50 percent difference in children's motivation to learn which could only be explained by their DNA.
Although no specific gene was identified, the research gave a strong clue that a student's disinterest in learning can be blamed on the parent's gene.
The results were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences